Students/Families in Transition

Students & Families in Transition is a Juneau School District program that addresses and supports the educational needs of students and their families who are in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. The Juneau School District is guided by the McKinney-Vento law.  This law provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students in our district.

Who is in Transition?

In general, these students and families lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  These temporary nighttime residences may be categorized as:

  • doubled-up (temporarily residing with friends or relatives due to lack of permanent/affordable housing),
  • unsheltered (vehicle, trailer, campground, etc.),
  • hotel or motel (due to lack of permanent/affordable housing),
  • inadequate conditions (lack of heat, electricity, water, overcrowded, etc.),
  • shelter (AWARE, St. Vincent de Paul), or
  • couch-surfing (moving frequently between friends or relatives due to lack of permanent or affordable housing).

 Supports immediately available to students in transition:

  • transportation to the school of origin;
  • basic school supplies and hygiene items;
  • transportation to and from before and after school activities, as grant funding allows; and
  • in the case of a homeless student new to our district, automatic enrollment in school with or without a complete set of records.

School-site program contacts:
  Auke Bay Elementary School 796-5275
  Leslie Scranton

  Gastineau Elementary School 796-5075
  Robert Brown

  Glacier Valley School 780-1400
  Rod Crist

  Harborview Elementary School 523-1850
  Annie  Caulfield

  Mendenhall River School 463-1799
  Tristin Berkey

  Riverbend Elementary School 463-1819
  Lynnette Dihle

  Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School 463-1899
  Sally Donaldson and Christine Walker

  Floyd Dryden Middle School 463-1850
  Melissa Dale and Jenny Alsup

  Juneau-Douglas High School 523-1500
  Karen Boddy, Barb Conant or Jamie Neel

  Thunder Mountain High School 780-1900
 Diane Holloway, Kathy McCasland or Daniel Marquart

  Yaakoos Daakahidi Alternative HS 523-1800
  Karen Donovan or Kelley Nieman

Administrative contacts:
  Administrator, Brad Hoyt 780-2071
  Administrative Assistant, Susan McDonald 780-2060
Juneau Web Links:

Family Pages (a listing of Juneau resources for families of young children)

Juneau Homeless Coalition’s Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness

Juneau Teen Resources

State Web Links:

Alaska Coalition on Housing & Homelessness

Homeless Information: Alaska
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Public Assistance, State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

State of Alaska Department of Education: Homeless Education

National Web Links:

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAECY)

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

U.S. Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY)